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A virtual library of translations from Tibetan, including works by Indian Buddhist masters preserved in the Tibetan language. Every text on the site—almost 5000 in total, in nine languages—is downloadable in EPUB and PDF formats.

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Khenpo Ngaga

Latest Major Translation

Counsel to Chöying Wangmo

| Advice

by Khenchen Ngawang Palzang

These words of advice, written for a female disciple, cover every aspect of the path, up to and including the Great Perfection. The text is included in the 53-volume Ḍākinī Treasury anthology.

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Added 21 November 2023

Latest from the Nyingtik Yabzhi Project

Vima Nyingtik | Lama Yangtik | Khandro Nyingtik | Khandro Yangtik | Zabmo Yangtik


Ocean of Siddhis: The Stages of Guru Service | Following a Teacher

by Longchen Rabjam

This frequently cited text from the Lama Yangtik collection discusses the guru-disciple relationship in a Dzogchen context under three headings: 1) the nature of the guru, 2) the qualities of the student, and 3) how to serve. | Read text >

Pema Ledrel Tsal

Prayer of the Profound and Secret Heart-Essence of the Ḍākinīs | Khandro Nyingtik

revealed by Pema Ledrel Tsal

A prayer to the lineage of Khandro Nyingtik: Samantabhadra and Samantabhadrī, the peaceful and wrathful deities, Vajradhara, Garab Dorje, Śrī Siṃha, Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal, Pema Ledrel Tsal, Gyalse Lekpa, Longchen Rabjam, Jamyang Khyabdal Lhundrup and Tulku Drakpa Özer. | Read text >

Added November 2023

Latest from the Longchen Nyingtik Project


Meditation and Recitation to Pacify Gyalpo Spirits and Harmful Influences | Hayagrīva

by Jigme Lingpa

This short practice of Hayagrīva, which is included among the core texts of the Longchen Nyingtik collection, is intended to pacify gyalpo spirits and harmful influences (dön). | Read text >


Request for the Fulfilment of Wishes and Entrusting of Activity | Longchen Nyingtik

by the First Dodrupchen, Jigme Trinle Özer

This short request for the fulfilment of wishes and entrustment of activity to the protectors of the Longchen Nyingtik is often added to the preliminary torma offerings and recited during dharmapālas practices. | Read text >

Added November 2023

Latest from the Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Sungbum Project


Aspiration Written for Jamyang Tsultrim of Sakya Tsedong | Aspiration Prayers

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

This aspiration, composed in Lhasa for a Sakya lama named Jamyang Tsultrim, only recently came to light and is not included in any edition of Jamyang Khyentse's collected works. | Read text >

Added 23 November 2023

Latest from Samye Translations

Terdak Lingpa

Clarifying the Profound Meaning: A Concise Commentary on the Final Testament in Four Lines | Testament

by Minling Khenchen Ngawang Khyentse Norbu

A brief explanation of Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje's (1646–1714) famous final testament that is commonly recited as an aspiration. | Read text >

Chokgyur Lingpa

A Teaching on the Essence of Dependent Origination | Advice

by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa

Verses of advice spoken in response to a request from a mother and child to explain the essence of dependent origination. | Read text >

Added November 2023

Other Recent Additions

Red Vajravarahi

Praise Based on the Symbolism of Red Vajravārāhī | Vajrayoginī

by Tertön Sogyal

Tertön Sogyal wrote this praise, which explains the symbolism of Red Vajravārāhī's appearance and attributes, following a dream on the evening of 29 January, 1893. | Read text >

White Tara

Prayer to Noble Tārā | Tārā

by Dromtön Gyalwé Jungné

This short prayer to White Tārā is included in the praises to the Three Deities of Long Life (tshe lha rnam gsum) compiled by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and included in the Compendium of Sādhanas. | Read text >

Added November 2023


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Highlights from Archive

Togme Zangpo

Commentary on the Seven Points of Mind Training | Mind Training

by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo

This is among the best known and most commonly taught commentaries on the popular mind training slogans. The author, famous for his Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas, writes in the style of the pith instructions, in plain and simple language. | Read text >

Khandro Tsering Chodron

Beautiful String of Jewels: A Heart Advice | Advice

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jamyang Khyentse offered these words of heart-advice, encapsulating the entire Buddhist path, to Khandro Tsering Chödrön (1929–2011), his spiritual consort. | Read text >

Featured Topic

Yeshe Tsogyal

Ḍākinī Treasury

Texts from the Ḍākinīs' Great Dharma Treasury (mkha' 'gro'i chos mdzod chen mo), a 53-volume collection published in 2017 to showcase writing by and about female Buddhist masters. | View topic >

* Lotsāwa ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba n. Title used for native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages; it is said to derive from lokacakṣu, literally "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.

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